Inquiry should be launched into fake passport use…
The effects of the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a founder of Hamas’s armed wing, may yet have wide-ranging implications for the entire international community. Most fingers seem to be pointing at Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, (in possible collusion with Fatah) with the assistance of fake passports from a handful of European nations including Britain.
Unsurprisingly, the United Arab Emirates is:
deeply concerned by the fact that passports of close allies, whose nationals enjoy preferential visa waivers, were illegally used to commit this crime.
So this action looks set to alienate British allies in the region and could have potentially serious knock-on effects for the future of those visa waivers. However, this is not the main concern; the main concern is that in the long-run the appearance of complicity will mark out Britain as a potential target for Hamas attacks:
Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas leader, hinted that while his militant organisation — which has carried out scores of suicide bombings — had restricted its operations to Israel in the past, complicity with Israel’s spy agency could lead it to reconsider the policy.
Not that Mossad nor Israel will care particularly. Peter Hounham told the Daily Telegraph:
my experience of the Israeli intelligence agencies, it is not their ruthlessness that is so remarkable but their disdain for international public opinion and tendency to take short cuts.
Britain has had its national interests damaged and its citizens may well be the victims of identity theft yet all David Miliband does is ask the Israeli government to ‘explain itself’. This is simply not good enough and it has to be said that Miliband cannot be exactly relied upon in this instance to put Britain’s interests first given the willingness of the government to amend British law to suit Israel.
The only solution is a full independent inquiry to be established into the possibility that the Israeli government was complicit in identity theft. If the inquiry proves they were then criminal proceedings should be started against the relevant parties and the rules should not be amended to protect the guilty parties.